How it all started

Peter Schmid, MD, PhD, FACS - PC Support

Library

When I visited the Kundiawa Provincial Hospital in Papua New Guinea in 2017, I did not find any books or scientific journals. Therefore, I decided to create an Electronic Medical Library.

Internet

In Papua New Guinea electrical power shuts down, therefore, the internet is not always available. The internet speed is slow, it costs about 50 times more than in Switzerland, and there is no flat rate available.

Electronic Medical Library

Rather than donating books I created and installed my Electronic Medical Library on 20 stationary notebooks with one notebook configured as a server. I last updated the EML in Kundiawa in March, 2020. By now, the content of the Electronic Medical Library has more than doubled. It is to the best of my knowledge the largest offline collection of medical information, including books, teaching videos, ultrasound videos, current best practice guidelines, presentations, and personal Standard Operating Procedures. It all can be put on a 2.5” external USB 3.0 drive.

DocFetcher

I use the open source DocFetcher as search engine. The index consists of over 80’000 fully optical character recognized PDF files. For Techies: Currently, it takes a bit over 8 hours to index the Electronic Medical Library from scratch with an AMD PC 12-Core AMD Ryzen 9 3900, 4143 MHz (41.5 x 100); DIMM1: Samsung M471A4G43AB1-CWE  32 GB DDR4-3200, DIMM2: Samsung M471A4G43AB1-CWE 32 GB DDR4-3200, allocating 16 GB of RAM to DocFetcher. Once indexed, DocFetcher runs fine to search the EML with just 512MB.

Summaries and publications

So far, I added over 31’000 summaries of publications. Each week I add between 200 and 300 new summaries. You can download the newest ones for free from this site, check the Document Library.

If you need medical information, a textbook, or a teaching video: Please send an E-mail; if I have what you need and if your personal situation qualifies, I will forward the PDF file(s) for free or I will ask for a small fee.

You may obtain the entire current EML with the DocFetcher index as a 256 Bit AES encrypted file with a public and a private part and additional software on a 4TB external USB 3.0 drive which can be used with a Windows or Mac PC, Laptop, or Notebook. The costs are depending on your location; if it is not possible to ship an external 2.5” USB drive to your location I can organize a download for you. If you are interested: Please ask for a quote.

Contact me / how to get in touch:

Peter Schmid, MD, PhD, FACS, General and Vascular Surgeon, 1073 Savigny, Switzerland

Phone: +41 79 415 08 32 / WhatsApp: +41 79 415 08 32 / E-Mail: ps-vascular@gmx.ch